Wednesday, November 14, 2012

An Adoption Story by Jess Clark


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2012


tristan is two: an adoption story




Two years ago today, we spent the day in a hospital with the family that had chosen us to raise their son. We had sat through ultrasounds together, laughed over Chinese food and had met at the hospital late one night the previous week for a false alarm. This was the day, though, we all knew it. It was an emotional day, moving from laughing together to sitting quietly in the tension of the moment.

She had considered an abortion, she told us, but quickly decided she wanted her baby to be adopted instead. They sat with friends and family and looked through adoptive family profiles and unanimously chose us, because, they said, we seemed like real people, like we didn’t have it all together. I will always be grateful for what must be our obvious flaws, because they brought our son to us. :D

We walked the hospital, we ate together, and then once her epidural kicked in, she called for us to come and sit in her room. We made her laugh, we talked about music, about movies, about the baby. When his arrival was imminent, we waited in the hallway, tense, excited, trying to hold lightly to a baby that was ours but not ours, not yet. After an eternity, we heard him cry, and we cried too. He was precious, perfect, and we knew her heart was breaking.

Minutes later they wheeled him out to the NICU for his heart to be monitored, and they took a minute to let us see him. His grandmother asked the nurse to hand him to me, and in a second, in a single second, I was a mommy again and he was my baby. “These are the parents,” she told the staff, in an act of generosity that is beyond my understanding.

The next two days were a whirlwind of emotion, being family together, knowing these were their final hours with him. They had a relinquishment ceremony where they read blessings over Tristan and handed him to us, and we gave her an engraved necklace and a poem I had written, and again, we cried together.

People ask us why they didn’t raise him, and they had their reasons, some that I know and some I never will. I can say with total confidence that it wasn’t for a lack of love. They made a choice and they made it for him, to give him the kind of family they wanted him to have, despite it breaking their hearts. Over the last two years, we’ve met at parks and restaurants, exchanging texts and emails, and they have told us that seeing him with us reassures  them that they made the right choice, that they’re so thankful for us.

Today, my 2 year old woke up singing, and I am thankful. I am unbelievably thankful for a young woman and her loved ones who chose life for this beautiful little one, my singer. Happy birthday, Tristan! You are so loved. 

photo credit Shelley Paulson


http://www.radiantjess.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 12, 2012

You Can Help!





It cost approximately $1200 each month to operate the JoyHouse.  If you would like to help us with a one time gift to support our efforts to fight abortion, or if you would like to become a monthly supporter click here !   No amount is too large or too small.  

In addition to monthly financial support, the JoyHouse also needs these items:


              •              Maternity clothes
              •              Paper towels
              •              Toilet paper
              •              Cleaning supplies
              •              Laundry detergent
              •              Fabric softener
              •              Shower gel and soap
              •              Shampoo and conditioner
              •              Baby shampoo
              •              Diapers/Baby wipes
              •              Riding lawn mower
              •              Gas Cards

Please contact us for more information             EvaJoy@theJoyHouse.net 
                   936-264-1884

Saturday, October 6, 2012

GOD bless Security First Baptist Church!

 
GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU WHO DONATED TO THE SEMI ANUAL FUNDRAISER!

THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO WORKED SO HARD TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

THANK YOU SECURITY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH!  
THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN THE JOYHOUSE!  
THANK YOU FOR SAVING THE UNBORN AND THEIR MOMMIES!

YOU RAISED $4050


GOD BLESS YOU ALL!




Wednesday, October 3, 2012

COME OUT AND JOIN US FOR A FUN WEEKEND AND CHECK OUT ALL THE GOODIES.

WE WILL BE THERE ALL DAY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY!  

Saturday, July 7, 2012

NEW HORIZONS NAZARENE CHURCH 
HAS BLESSED THE JOYHOUSE WITH                 STRONG PERIMETERS AND                                              REINFORCED BOUNDARIES!



GOD BLESS YOU MIGHTY MEN OF GOD!

Friday, July 6, 2012

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!

           HAPPY 4TH OF JULY BIG WEEKEND!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Saturday, April 7, 2012

THANK YOU JESUS!






























































HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!



Friday, March 9, 2012

YOU RAISED $3055

















THANK YOU everyone who participated!

THANK YOU SECURITY FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH! THANK YOU TERRY RENDON!

THANK YOU
everyone who participated!



















If you were a part of the donating of the goods, transporting of the goods, setting up the goods, guarding the goods or selling the goods, or cleaning up and hauling off the leftover goods,




THANK YOU!

YOU RAISED THREE THOUSAND AND FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS.

WHOO HOOOOO!

YIPPEEEE.... THIS IS ALMOST 3 MONTHS WORTH OF JOYHOUSE EXPENSES.....

THANK YOU AND GLORY BE TO THE MOST AWESOME ALMIGHTY GOD!

Monday, February 20, 2012


ANYONE HAVE ITEMS TO DONATE?

THERE IS STILL TIME!

We are collecting for the JoyHouse Garage Sale ....

we need your stuff!

Any gently used furniture or household items......
bring em on!

Please call us to make arrangements ...
time is running out!

Call Terry at 281-352-0977

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Babies Caring for Babies

Not only does the JoyHouse provide a safe place for babies in the womb, we also provide a nurturing loving environment for them after they are born, getting young mothers headed in the right direction.

If you are interested in helping us to help others, or if you would like to be apart of the JoyHouse team, please let us know.

We are currently collecting gently used items for a fund-raising yard sale.

If you would like more information on different ways you can participate in this huge yard sale, or if you would like to donate items for the sale at Security First Baptist Church, please contact Terry at 281-352-0977


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Support the JOYHOUSE!













Keep this darling little angel smiling!

Donate all your gently used items to the
Security First Baptist Church
FUNDRAISING Garage Sale
benefitting the JoyHouse!

Call 281-352-0977 to work out the details.

Friday, January 6, 2012

ITS THAT TIME AGAIN!


Security First Baptist Church is having another HUGE GARAGE SALE










for the JOYHOUSE!

Would you like to clean out you closets and tool sheds?

You can donate all gently used items to the JoyHouse NOW!

Call 281-352-0977 to work out the details.